The skin is the largest organ in the body, and it receives some of the biggest beatings because it’s on the outside. Every burn, scrape, and cut affects the epidermis. If you don’t care for it properly, your skin can make you look older, sicker, and, overall, less vibrant. Use these tips for protecting your skin in cold weather to look and feel healthier longer.
Clean and Moisturize
Especially in cold weather, a hot shower can feel lovely, but it’s not the best thing for your skin. Cleansing with soap already eliminates oil (some of which your skin needs) along with dirt, but hot water does the same. Be mindful of the temperature of your water during the wintertime. Without humidity in the air, hot water will actually dry out your skin even more.
Moisturizing is a critical component in preserving skin elasticity and a radiant appearance. Skin that lacks moisture will become rough to the touch and eventually crack and bleed, which can be quite painful. Additionally, repeated damage to the skin, paired with aging, will permanently change the skin’s thickness and overall look and quality. This is especially noticeable on the face and hands. Moisturize several times a day, especially after bathing and before and after going outside.
What to Avoid
Avoiding extreme temperatures and the harsh wind is also essential. Just like hot water, cold air can also dry out the skin. When you’re outside during the winter, exposure of the skin to inclement surroundings may make retaining moisture and nourishment near impossible.
The best way to protect your skin against the elements while you’re outside this winter is to cover it up. All of your skin is very susceptible to damage caused by temperature, lack of moisture, and cold winds, but your hands and face are typically the most visibly affected. Wearing gloves, hats, and face coverings along with proper winter wear will not only help you stay warmer by retaining your body heat but also protect that skin.
Even with regenerative processes, your skin has limits. Take precautionary measures and follow these tips for protecting your skin in cold weather to maintain a radiant and nourished glow. Moreover, skin that isn’t dry, itchy, and cracking is far less painful. Consider making a few adjustments to your skin care regimen to best guard your largest organ.
Authored by Inspire Your Journey